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10 Minutes On… Pat Barker’s Regeneration


Spend 10 Minutes with Dr Catherine Brown on… Pat Barker’s Regeneration.

At one point in this novel set in the Scottish military psychiatric hospital in 1917, Prior, one of the patients says to Dr Rivers: “I don’t think talking helps. It just churns things up and makes them more real”. Rivers replies: “But they are real”.

Prior’s nightmares are not real, but the experiences which provoked them are both as part of his life as a character and as matters of historical fact. The novel is strongly concerned with that historical fact…